Jennifer Reeves

Landfill 16 (2011) 16mm, color, 9 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: cameraless, environment/nature, films about film, found footage

"Exhumed 16mm film from my very own landfill in Elkhart, Indiana constitute the canvas of Landfill 16. After finishing my double-projection When It Was Blue I was horrified by the bulk of outtakes that would normally go to a landfill. So I temporarily buried the footage to let enzymes and fungi in the soil begin to decompose the image, and then I hand-painted the film to give it new life. This "recycling" is a meditation on the demise of the beautiful 16mm medium and nature's losing battle to decompose the relics of our abandoned technologies and productions.

The ominous soundtrack mixes recognizable audio, from bulldozers to nature audio, with more abstracted textural and rhythmic sounds I created using audio from consumer-goods factories, old 16mm equipment, the cries of a dying bird stuck in my wall, and other oddities. Within this multi-textured, pulsating, abstract moving painting I attempt to express my dread of man-made waste that endangers land and wildlife." -Jennifer Reeves

Rental: $50
16mm Rental: $50

Jennifer Reeves

Elations In Negative (1990) 16mm, black and white, 5 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Literature & Theater

A bloody adaptation of a William Carlos Williams poem.

Rental: $25.00
16mm Rental: $25.00

Jennifer Reeves

Girls Daydream About Hollywood (1992) 16mm, black and white, 5 min

Genre: Experimental

"A fragmented psychic landscape where TV clips, bar talk, and rape loom close, trying to reconstruct and resolve sexual abuse becomes a complex project of association and recall." -- Elisabeth Subrin, Visions

Rental: $25.00
16mm Rental: $25.00

Jennifer Reeves

Taste it Nine Times (1992) 16mm, color, 5.5 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: History

Nine optically-printed film sketches depict the passions, fetishes and humor of various women of history and fantasy.

Rental: $35.00
16mm Rental: $35.00

Jennifer Reeves

Monsters in the Closet (1993) 16mm, color, 15 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: queer_bi

Dirty little girl stories, girl gangs, and other tales from the closets of adolescence.

Rental: $45.00
16mm Rental: $45.00

Jennifer Reeves

Configuration 20 (1994) 16mm, color, 12 min

Genre: Experimental

Primordial sounds and organic creatures evoke the moment when life began.

Rental: $40.00
16mm Rental: $40.00

Jennifer Reeves

Girl's Nervy, The (1995) 16mm, color, 5 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: cameraless

A nostalgic and exuberant study of the single frame and eye popping rhythms. Constructed by cutting, pasting, and painting both clear film and filmed images.

Rental: $35.00
16mm Rental: $35.00

Jennifer Reeves

Chronic (1996) 16mm, color, 40.00 min

Genre: Experimental

"(Chronic) conveys a disturbed mind through a pastiche of visual styles, effectively and often movingly with a camera that seems both playful and emotionally subjective. The rapidly shifting tones and moods of this work both give it energy and suggest the "unquiet thoughts" of a mind that hasn't found a resting place". -- Fred Camper, The Chicago Reader.

Rental: $120.00
16mm Rental: $120.00

Jennifer Reeves

We Are Going Home (1998) 16mm, color & b/w, 10 min

Genre: Experimental

"We are Going Home" is a 10 minute experimental film shot in June 97, at a Philip Hoffman's film retreat in rural Ontario. The film was made in the memory of Marian McMahon, an experimental Canadian filmmaker who died of cancer in the fall of 1996. "We are going Home", solarized, tinted, and optically printed, is a surreal portrait of desire, ghosts and pursuit.E Rhythmic color shifts in the emulsion brings life to the country landscape, which comes to embody the terrain of the subconscious. Three women act seek pleasure and past in parallel universes which cannot intersect. Consciousness is always singular. AWARDS/FUNDING 1998: Waggaman Film Completion Grant, UC San Diego. 1999: Black Maria Film Festival, Juror's Citation. Ann Arbor Film Festival, Ann Arbor Film Co-op Award.

Rental: $40.00
16mm Rental: $40.00

Jennifer Reeves

Darling International (1999) 16mm, black and white, 22 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Erotic

Co-maker: M. M. Serra An exploration of sexual fantasies of a NY metal worker. "An evocative work whose sexual sadomasochistic scenario, grainy visual texture and layered soundtrack render it highly tactile, fairly begging to be touched." -- Shannon Kelly, Sundance Film Festival 2000, Festival Guide

Rental: $75.00
16mm Rental: $75.00

Jennifer Reeves

Fear of Blushing (2001) 16mm, color, 5.5 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: cameraless

Bleached, painted and optically-printed, Fear of Blushing combines alternating textures, irrepressible color and corroded figures with menacing sound bites, effects & rhythm. Fleeting visions and voices emerge in unusual juxtapositions, suggesting a psycho-cinematic free-association. As individual frames are never projected for more than 1/8 of a second this film discourages reflection and is best experienced in the immediate present. Only after the onslaught can you wonder what horrible thing was buried there.

Rental: $40.00
16mm Rental: $40.00

Jennifer Reeves

Skinny Teeth (2001) 16mm, color, 7 min

Genre: Experimental

Video "Appropriated audio from motivational tapes and raw hewn video footage of the exploits of two punk girls creating a disturbance in an Ohio Mall (circa 1988) challenge the great society of the American heartland. A savvy examination of hard-edge adolescent aggression and an attack on 'proper' codes of behavior. The future is yours." -- Karyn Riegel

Rental: $20.00
16mm Rental: $20.00

Jennifer Reeves

Shadows Choose Their Horrors (2005) 16mm, color & b/w, 31 min

Genre: Experimental

Available on DVD or VHS SHADOWS CHOOSE THEIR HORRORS is the dark and melodic diary of a necromancer living on the edge between the mortal world and the realm of lost souls. Sinister forces surround Madame G (Winsome Brown) as she tries to bond with her favorite undead. Using magic and ritual to give them new life and pleasures, Madame G is shocked by a devastating outcome. This camp and experimental reworking of early silent horror was inspired by both the un-staged Aaron Copland ballet GROHG (1922-25), and the film which stirred the young Copland to write the ballet: NOSFERATU. SHADOWS... was originally made for a performance of GROHG by the American Ballet Symphony Orchestra at Bard Music Festival.

Rental: $70.00 Sale price: 70.00
16mm Rental: $70.00

Jennifer Reeves

Time We Killed, The (2004) 16mm, , 94.00 min

Genre: Narrative, Experimental

The Time We Killed, her debut feature exploring the inner life of a writer unable to leave her NY apartment on the brink of the US invasion of Iraq. Robyn (played by poet Lisa Jarnot) confronts her growing agoraphobia in this beautifully shot and emotionally compelling portrait of contemporary alienation. (Ariella Ben-Dov)

Rental: $200.00
16mm Rental: $200.00

Jennifer Reeves

Light Work Mood Disorder (2007) Double 16mm, color, 26 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: cameraless, Found Footage

Dual-projection film (side-by-side projection), soundtrack on CD. LIGHT WORK MOOD DISORDER mixes and subverts symbols of science, industry, medicine and illness, as it meditates on the deteriorating celluloid and physicality of the pre-digital age. Two screens and pulsating, layered music immerse the audience in colorful rhythmic molecular forms, morphing frequencies and visual textures. Reeves sewed together 20th century educational films and affixed dissolved pharmaceuticals directly to the film. The projector acts as a microscope enlarging thread, crystallized antibiotic, heart, and mood medications, forming a concentrated fusion with Burr's composition of sine-waves, organ and multi-tonal bass clarinet. The animated abstractions rupture and echo the images of brain dendrites, synapses, human x-rays, scientific experiments and factory machine. The rhythmic and visceral imagery is reflected in the movement of Burr's austere and hypnotic soundtrack as it envelops the audience.

**Note: General projection notes and two projection "scripts" (one abbreviated version, copied below; and one detailed version, for more ambitious projectionists) are provided with rental. Please be sure to refer to these notes and scripts when coordinating projection.

Abbreviated Instructions/Script for Projecting LIGHT WORK MOOD DISORDER (times listed are approximate & refer to the soundtrack on DC, which is 26:41 long): 1. Cue reels in black 1 second before title (right after SMPTE Academy leader); 2. Press play on the CD player to start the CD track; 3. Turn ON LEFT PROJECTOR/REEL 5-13 seconds after the soundtrack begins; 4. Turn RIGHT PROJECTOR ON WHEN THE HAND-SCRATCHED 'LIGHT' TITLE HAS BEEN ON THE LEFT SCREEN FOR 1 second. This is almost immediately after you have turned on the Left reel; 5. THE RIGHT SIDE OF THE FILM WILL (hopefully) END FIRST. The last unique images, to prepare you to stop the projector, include an illustration of the x-ray of a human hand, and finally the last image is a close-up shot of a candle Blowing up inside a glass box. This reel ends at about 25 minutes and 34 seconds. TURN THIS PROJECTOR OFF; 6. On the LEFT SCREEN the last images are a warning sign about not trying these experiments without your teacher, and then the full film credits (the last one is a copyright credit). So the FILM SHOULD END (image-wise) on the LEFT side at approximately 25 minutes, 55 seconds after the credits. TURN OFF THIS PROJECTOR. The soundtrack will end (hopefully) in darkness, after the credits, at 26 minutes, 10 seconds. TURN OFF CD PLAYER AFTER FADE OUT.

Rental: $145.00
16mm Rental: $145.00

Jennifer Reeves

LIGHT WORK MOOD DISORDER and HE WALKED AWAY (2007) digiBeta_NTSC, color, 54 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: cameraless

LIGHT WORK MOOD DISORDER and HE WALKED AWAY program Film by Jennifer Reeves, Music by Anthony Burr NTSC Digital Beta exhibition tape contains a full program of 54 minutes (Originally 16mm double-projection with live music) *no other video formats available. This film and music collaboration between filmmaker Jennifer Reeves and composer/musician Anthony Burr was originally performed with two 16mm projectors, a laptop, and bass clarinet. The two dual-projection films were bridged in performance by a musical interlude played by Burr. Developed between 2006-2007, the program was performed at Rotterdam International Film Festival, Dundee Contemporary Arts: Kill Your Timid Notion Festival, Tonic (NY), and Diasapon Gallery (NY). LIGHT WORK MOOD DISORDER Light Work Mood Disorder is a dual-projection film that mixes and subverts symbols of science, industry, medicine and madness. Side-by-side screens and multi-layered music immerse the audience in colorful rhythmic molecular forms, morphing frequencies, and visual textures, which are broken down to the particle level. Found images from the 20th century educational films are literally sewn together with melted down pharmaceuticals affixed to the film. The tactile imagery forms a concentrated fusion with pulsating sine waves, bass clarinet and organ. Illustrations of synapses, dendrites, electromagnetic waveforms and assembly-lines both create and describe the movement of the sound and light waves that envelop the audience. Intensity builds with the discoveries and destruction's of science, cinema and 20th century industrial production. HE WALKED AWAY A dual-projection film, He Walked Away, reframes and superimposes shots and outtakes from earlier Reeves films featuring landscape, portraiture and direction-on-film work (Configuration 20, Fear of Blushing, The Time We Killed). The score composed by Anthony Burr recasts the same austere harmonic material of Light Work Mood Disorder in a more explicitly "musically" coded framework. "Much in the way musicians will mine their previous compositions to create newly evolved works, He Walked Away is a distinct yet nostalgic film. It distills what my eyes have witnessed and lost in 15 years of artistic growth: discoveries, vanishings, and essential growing pains." -Jennifer Reeves

Rental: $$195.00
DigiBeta NTSC Rental: $$195.00

Jennifer Reeves

Trains Are For Dreaming (1999-2009) 16mm, color, 7 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: environment / nature, family, history, personal diary / journal

Eight super-8 film years condensed into seven eye-popping minutes. A dreamer moves through landscapes to far seas-over tracks, winding roads, skies and waters-a journey of flight and fancy.

Rental: $40.00
16mm Rental: $40.00

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